Plutonium detected underground near Fukushima reactor — Test results not revealed publicly for almost a year after sampling date — Officials plan to pump up groundwater from same well it was found in and dump it into Pacific Ocean (PHOTO)

Published: August 13th, 2014 at 3:16 am ET


Kyodo News, Aug 11, 2014: Plan filed to build toxic water dumping facility at Fukushima plant […] TEPCO plans to conduct performance tests next week […] using water it will start pumping up on a trial basis Tuesday […] Radioactive substances […] have been detected in some water samples from the wells. TEPCO says it aims to clean the water to a level that would do no harm to the environment, but tritium will remain untreated as no water treatment facility at the plant is capable of removing the substance.

South China Morning Post, Aug 13, 2014: Tepco began pumping up groundwater from beneath the Fukushima plant [and it] intends to test the radioactivity of the water and examine whether levels can be reduced. […] fishermen are expected to voice opposition. The government is likely to step in to provide additional subsidies to help sway the fishermen.

NHK World, Aug 11, 2014: [Tepco] says the new system will improve the current situation, in which large amounts of contaminated groundwater have leaked into the sea.

Yomiuri Shimbun, Aug 7, 2014 (emphasis added): The government and [TEPCO] are considering pumping up contaminated groundwater [from] subdrain pits, the wells [that] surround the reactor and turbine buildings. […] TEPCO will build water purification equipment by this autumn to remove most radioactive substances […] Groundwater to be pumped up from some of the subdrain pits includes high levels of tritium […] that cannot be removed with the purification equipment.

Mainichi, Aug 7, 2014: Wells called, “sub-drains,” surround reactor buildings [and contain] a large amount of radioactive cesium and strontium

Tepco: Unit 1 Sub-Drain, Apr. 15, 2013 (pdf), published Mar. 19, 2014:

  • Pu-238: 8.7×10-6 Bq/cm³ = 8.7  Bq/m³
  • Pu-239 + Pu-240: 2.3×10-6 Bq/cm³ = 2.3 Bq/m³
  • Plutonium detected this time is supposed to be those accumulated on the ground after the accident (not from the new leak at the Building), and was flowed into the sub-drain conveyed by rainwater.”

Tepco: Unit 1 Sub-Drain, Oct. 14, 2013 (pdf), published May 2, 2014:

  • Pu-238: 6.5 × 10-6 Bq/cm³ = 6.5 Bq/m³
  • Pu-239 + Pu-240: 2.3 × 10-6 Bq/cm³ = 2.3 Bq/m³
  • It is considered that plutonium was temporary detected because fallouts of the accident piled on the soil were inflowed into the sub-drains with rainwater.”

Watch NHK’s broadcasts on the pumping plan here

Published: August 13th, 2014 at 3:16 am ET


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167 comments to Plutonium detected underground near Fukushima reactor — Test results not revealed publicly for almost a year after sampling date — Officials plan to pump up groundwater from same well it was found in and dump it into Pacific Ocean (PHOTO)

  • MarineBiologistHealthPhysicists

    A terabecquerel (TBq) is a decimal multiple of the SI derived unit of radiation activity. The Bq is defined as the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one nucleus decays per second. The becquerel is therefore equivalent to an inverse second

    • That will just confuse people, I hate the S-1 notation too, not sure why i hate it so much, just use the division "/"

      • MarineBiologistHealthPhysicists

        just trying to get people to understand the density and amount of energy released and timescale. Sorry I understand where people can be confused; though people will be able to 1 inverse second =
        1 hertz

        noun: hertz; plural noun: hertz; symbol: Hz
        the SI unit of frequency, equal to one cycle per second.

        The hertz (symbol: Hz) is the SI unit of frequency defined as the number of cycles per second of a periodic phenomenon. One of its most common uses is the description of the sine wave, particularly those used in radio and audio applications.

        Waves as energy transfer
        A dart tsunami buoy bobbing in the ocean.

        ‘Wave’ is a common term for a number of different ways in which energy is transferred:

        In electromagnetic waves, energy is transferred through vibrations of electric and magnetic fields.
        In sound waves, energy is transferred through vibration of air particles or particles of a solid through which the sound travels.
        In water waves, energy is transferred through the vibration of the water particles.


        A general term that includes a variety of phenomena resulting from the presence and flow of electrical charge.


        1. How often something occurs within a specified time. 2. The number of waves per second that pass a given point or the number of waves produced per second by a source.

        it is something not simple stock you can not make something that is complex too…

      • Cooter

        Stuff it MarineBiologistHealthPhysicists. Your a robot and I know it. I work for HS and know your program. You have a short time to do your business or I will expose you and your agency. Got it. Go away forever. Last warning.

  • Total Inventory at Fukushima

    NOTE—its 10,000 times more than the radiation released from ALL the nuclear bombs.

    • dunkilo

      DAMN! I didn't feel a thing …..YET

    • bo bo

      Thank you so much for this stock. This organized information was exactly what I was looking for at the moment.
      I heard yesterday that recently some people were criticizing my sister's choice of having 'dragged' my nephew from from Chiba to Adelaide, 'from one nuclear fallout to another' – being sarcastic at her apparent 'ingnorance' and 'unfortunate misinformation and lack of research'

      'Doesn't she know there was nuclear testing in South Australia, uranium mining, and other goodies?' was the claim.

      I don't question that there is indeed fallout in Australia – but I did doubt the claim that what my sister did to my nephew was just 'a senseless joke' 🙁 even just for shielding him from exposure to the bombardment of short-lived radionuclides such as I -131, 132, & 133 – wasn't it worth taking him out of there ? ( nuclear proponents like to pretend shorter half lives = less toxic / less harm, but maxli once taught me here on enenews – these radionuclides tend to have much higher decay energies, and packs in much damage in that short time )

      With this massive amount of radiation Fuku has spewed and continues to spew..aren't most places on earth better for a child than living within 200 km of Fuku.. including even Belarus? Or is my perspective skewed from overfocus on this one disaster?

      • Tung Jen Tung Jen

        Hi Bo, have to agree with you, leaving Japan and even leaving the west coast of canada has done much more for my health then living in denial in either place. I'm still working on creating a film about my good friend Bol who has been diagnosed with cancer even here in the jungle of Belize.

      • nedlifromvermont

        bo: in my mind you cannot "overfocus" on Fukushima. It is not "just one disaster." 'They' use that talk for cover: What about the GMO's? Global Warming??

        Fukushima makes every other crisis pale in comparison. We must push harder to get it noticed.

        General Electric is spending billions of dollars, right now, to cover it all up!!

        We must intensify our efforts; but peacefully, humorously, ironically, mockingly …

        And on the matter of your sister's son in Adelaide versus Chiba … these criticizing people should be ignored … The levels in Adelaide are obviously safer, unless there's radon in the house or a rare spike from uranium mining … they may want to consider eventually joining obvious in Uruguay, or the nice Japanese lady in Belize … or head with Southbound, to New Zealand …

        But it will be hard for most of us to move anytime soon …

        peace to you!

      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        bo- your sister was right to move to Australia. The people who choose to stay and be nuked by Fukushima are in total denial. I am sure it is hard for them to admit that the country they were born in is no longer habitable.

        • name999 name999

          news, did you move?

        • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

          name999- no- still in southern California frying with average 100 beta and 7500 gamma for the past two weeks. I can't afford to move.

          • bo bo

            NBO – I have been following your posts of the high readings in SoCal. I am so sorry. I wish you could join us here on the east coast.

            Btw I got drenched in the rain all morning doing deliveries yesterday and later checked NETC for Boston, and realized the monitor is turned off. Does anyone know how long it's been off for..? ( just checked now & it's still turned off )

        • bo bo

          An asterisk to your comment NBO – the criticism came from Australian locals and not from 'those who stayed behind.' ( sorry I did not make it clear in my post) I'm sure it was expressed as 'light banter' too, but it is obvious many are unaware that Fukushima has an inventory 10, 000 times more than the radiation released from ALL the nuclear bombs.

      • bo bo

        Tung Jen, ned, NBO – Thank you for your messages.
        Tung Jen, it's good to hear from you. I am sure you and many others here who evacuated ( like Kintaman & Kashiko ) have many similar stories of rifts & misunderstandings among friends and family.. In my earlier days posting here I used to share these personal stories more often but stopped after a while since they all started to blur together. Actually after a while everything starts to blur, no? – the announcements from TEPCO, all the zeros in estimated releases, news of disappearing sea creatures, scientists being puzzled, trolls coming and going. There is, however, one silver lining to all this blurring.. it helps you to see what is important to you beyond that. Perhaps the creation of this film is exactly that, to you. Please keep me posted – I am very interested in seeing your work. And like nedlifromvermont says – peaceful and humorous goes a long way – I might even add poetic.

        • Tung Jen Tung Jen

          Yeah a blur! The numbers just don't stay with me, and now my eyes just aren't what they used to be…. but you know I kind of like painting without my glasses. Lately I have a lot of time alone on the farm. Maki no longer shares his life with me, I realize now that Maki has always had the dream of a reality of Robinson Caruso….. no wife in that scenario. Not unusual for married couples to live in the same house and share nothing of their lives, but near impossible for me. I live my days like the," God's Gardeners" from Margaret Atwood's novel. Have you checked out our Facebook page… Pacbitun Farm.

          • Tung Jen Tung Jen

            My finances are interesting, I'm hoping to sell the property on the West coast of BC or get a mortgage, my pension for 21 years at the university is almost $800 a month. Meanwhile, my health has improved, I'm chopping, weeding… playing on the farm. Avocados by the dozens. My daughter is to return today with some friends visiting from Yellowknife…. good to have some help around the place. Have so many projects on the go…. The Tea House still needs a floor before we can start having events… Enenewsers.. welcome, come .

    • Probably pretty close, but it could also be another zero or two..

      What's a few zero's anyway?

      Drop a few, add a few… so what?

      Driving it all to zero is what the nuclear industry does so well..

      It is all about ZERO..

      Zero life on the planet.

    • Angela_R

      Stock, I visited that site and saw that you had not corrected the link; that I had done in the following post. There was a lot of information on that link. Here it is again:

  • Get the rad word out, People

    Jet streams and ocean currents bring plutonium etc to you.

  • antipodes

    Congrattulations: National Public Radio for the informative interview of Eric Schlosser concerning his new book COMAND AND CONTROL on your program FRESH AIR this Aug.11th. The topic of the many Military Atomic mistakes and near catastrophes was welcomed and appropriate. I hope these kind of issues are being addressed. Now please report on the numerous major atomic mistakes, accidents and cataclysms that have indeed occured, like Fukushima,WIPP etc. Thank you, and keep trying.

    • nedlifromvermont

      Welcome, here, antipodes, to you; and, yes, good interview on the Schlosser book on military nuclear mishaps and near disasters;

      But, you, antipodes, appear not to be paying attention.

      National Public Radio has proved woefully negligent on reporting the Fukushima triple melt out catastrophe;

      Upper echelon management at NPR must have received high level pressure from Obama's administration and generous propaganda-funder, General Electric Company, not to report on the disaster (from which they still like to say no one has died;)

      The manufacturer of these factories of poisons, General Electric Company, knows there is nothing which really can be done to fix the problem, on the cheap, for which GE refuses to take any responsibility, either on the world or national stage; (though there is much more which could and should be done to contain the releases;) and above all, "WE DON'T WANT TO PANIC THE PUBLIC!!!"

      The harmful rumor!

      A State secrecy law, no less!!

      No, antipodes, "keep trying" in the case of NPR, as with most of the "lame stream press," is to keep on hiding the horrible curse of nuclear energy from a mostly gullible public.

      "How is this possible?" you ask?

      Well, I'm glad you asked.

      It's called mind control, marketing, diversionary tactics;

      You feed the public rubbish: naked people dating, violent sport, mindless spectacle;

      You don't tell them where their cancers are coming from;

      You charge them money.

      • nedlifromvermont

        You charge them money …

        You charge them money to see themselves die, live, on t.v., from a disease you gave them …

        That's called, "Bringing good things to life" General Electric style … ironic really …. bringing death to life as a good thing …

        What, Jeff (Immelt?) Still no comment on the triple melt outs?

        Nuclear power got your tongue??

        Eh' Big Boy??

        peace, 'newsers. Rock on!

        !!Death to the uranium mercenaries!! These guys make ISIS look tame! (by comparison)

        (with apologies to VANNEV in advance …) (the statement is meant as a rhetorical device)

  • maybesomeday

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Powder Finger

  • MarineBiologistHealthPhysicists

    "when your first with a scientist you feel like a clown"
    "yeah, yeah"

    "Ok, so it heats up; so what?"

    Understatement how totally opposite of worried some are…

  • ISeePinkClouds

    INEPTCO announced a number of months ago that high levels of contamination, including Plutonium, had been detected in the #1 well, that is, when compared to levels found in the other three wells surveyed at that time. I did not know then, nor do I know now, if those levels are compatible with the levels of Plutonium that would be found to be produced from that #1 Uranium reactor. Maybe a moot point, but inquiring minds want to know. Number 3's Pu went totally skyward, so forget that, maybe. That leaves #4, where the unspent and fresh fuel is MOX. Well, it wasn't burning, then,supposedly, so where did that Plutonium come from, then and now. Now #4's "spent fuel pool" rods are burning above ground; so where is that Plutonium in the #1 well coming from? Does anyone believe Ineptco's numbers? Isn't it misleading to add the 239 and 240 numbers? I mean how much of which? It matters if one is attempting to discover where the contamination is coming from, doesn't it, I mean U versus MOX? Anyway, I'm "still collating", but I suspect just more "foul play." And, MBHP, thanks for the latest links. It is clear "they" were after the unspent #4 fuel, meant to last 15 years, and removed after only 1 1/2, to further their nefarious deeds down below. Meanwhile, I am going to try to find Ineptco's earlier news release of contamination in the #1 well, to look at those numbers. So, of course, any + input might help. Onward, Through The Sticky Pink Fog.

  • MMMMmmmmmm soooo gooood for you, Ineptco decided to hand out free samples to everyone..

    Fukushima Released Massive Amounts of Plutonium; Being Found In Japan, The Pacific Ocean And Inside Many US Cities; via @AGreenRoad

  • ISeePinkClouds

    Yes, like Wonder Bread, Plutonium builds strong bodies in Twelve Ways. Trust Me!

  • General User General User

    Wonder Bread? I have fond memories of that back in Pennsylvania, USA
    "Helps build strong bodies 12 ways," referring to the number of added nutrients".

  • Angela_R

    There is a Conference being held in Melbourne Australia from 15-17 August. On the afternoon of 16th there is a workshop on Fukushima,

    here is a little of the program for Saturday Afternoon

    Afternoon: An Agenda for the Future – Geopolitics, Media and Big Brother

    Present economic, corporate and social policies are largely inconsistent with viable, long-term global development and are being made without the vision of a viable global future in mind.

    Economics and the Well Being of Humanity: An Agenda for Peace

    Putting people first v/s neo-conservatism

    Geopolitics and Australia – the military industrial complex and The Fukushima dilemma
    14:00 – 14:20

    David Woolfson (Skype)
    Lawyer and Global Futures activist
    Founder, The Club of Budapest Canada
    Coordinator – Worldshift 20 Council

    14:20 – 14:50

    Lyn Allison Former Leader AustralianDemocrats

    14:55 – 15:25

    Dr Bill Williams – Chair of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Australia

    Workshop on Fukushima


  • antipodes

    nedifromvermont Glad to have gotten such a superior response. I had hoped for such. The way you spelled out NPR's status and deficiencies was spot on, and better than I could do. [I do get it]. Just thought I'd give a little credit where due and a bit of encouragement to the fill in host. It was good to hear them at least speak of things atomic for change. I don't have access to a computer all the time, hence my lag time in response. I will however still try to sharpen my attention. I like your posts allot, keep it up! Peace and good will to all here, live long and prosper. Just your average foot soldier, despite the handle.

    • nedlifromvermont

      Got it antipodes! And thanks back at you!

      We, here, will fight for the truth to come out: however bad and however sad.

      It's the right thing to do.

      Even at the onset of Goetterdaemmerung or whatever you want to call the twilight of the Fallout Age …

      peace to you and yours …

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